Empowering communities to change the world with technology
We give beginners the skills to solve any problem and bring their ideas to life.
Code Chicago is a series of hands-on, mobile development, web programming and design workshops held at the innovation center, BLUE1647 / Blue Lacuna, where every participant will work with one another and join in the spirit of collaboration and learning. It is this aspect of education that we trust would resonate most with our participants — and that with an open atmosphere where no question is off limits, we see interesting and inspiring thinking about how to embrace the openness of technology as an opportunity palette — and to really push what might seem conventionally possible with a web browser, and a mobile device having an internet connection.
Our sessions are relaxed, and our participants in attendance leave being able to approach problems from multiple perspectives and skill-sets — not accepting simple technical limitations as barriers to executing on a vision.
Sessions are structured to emphasize group collaboration, which is at the very heart of most modern project developments. It’s not only about programming, it’s also about learning to think critically to solve problems and develop team-building skills, which will be invaluable in the 21st Century. Our goal is to familiarize you with the intricacies of these programming platforms, while at the same time, fostering inspirational thinking, which will create future opportunities for you. Code Chicago is not stodgy or static; we are seeking to actively push the boundaries in new and unexpected ways, and we want you to participate.
City of Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel
"I congratulate the founders of Blue1647 on an innovative, exciting venture. The technology sector in Chicago is a growing, crucial area that will have an enormous impact on the City's economy in the future. I am pleased that organizations like Blue1647 are focused on improving the diversity of the sector and ensuring that as our economy grows it reflects the diversity and vibrancy of the city's people."
Our training event curricula was designed by industry practitioners within the tech community.
Training events include topics on web development, mobile development, design, UX/UI, data, and more!
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Work in teams with other participants like you in a collaborative coworking space!
Participants receive (or get to):
1. Train within the new innovative co-working space Blue Lacuna.
2. Additional help from our members that are entrepreneurs and developers.
3. Participate in “Hackathons”.
4. Direct interaction from on-site developers.
What our participants have said "I appreciate the generosity, flexibility and all the richness that connecting to Code Chicago & BLUE1647 has brought to my life." - Diana K.
"Blue1647's ThinkLaunch Code academy was definitely a highlight of my last year attending DePaul University. It opened up a whole new world of possibility for me within the professional world. I'm looking forward to continue building upon my coding skills so I can mix it with my love of story-telling!" - Amber A.
I signed up for HTML5/CSS/JS for mobile development with outdated and very little programming knowledge. This training was amazing -- beyond what I could have anticipated! Our instructor, Kenneth Watkins, is extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and will patiently answer any questions you have. He walks through any issues you have. The class was fun and even though it was summer, I looked forward to class! I learned so much. The environment at BLUE|1647 is positive and a nurturing one. Everyone there wants the students to learn and succeed, and they want to help. The class was well worth my time and money, and I hope to take another one at Blue1647." - Gwen P.
"Blue1647 has such a special vibe that you cannot find elsewhere. I love coming and working/learning here!".
"This was a great class. I loved every bit of it and it's all because of the instructors. Josh, Pete, Christian and team were awesome!"
Take your ideas, and launch products.
A glimpse of some of the public products our participants built and cofounded.
Where to find Us.
2150 S. Canalport Ave. Chicago IL. 60608 (2nd floor).
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Code Chicago is not accredited by a US Department of Education recognized accrediting body.